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Tait Trying To Resurrect Public Employee Union-Funded Initiative

Anaheim Insider here. It’s helpful to remember that at this evening’s council meeting, Mayor Tom Tait will try to resurrect “Take Back Anaheim”: a failed 2012 initiative that was crafted by Anaheim liberals and funded by the union representing Anaheim city government employees. The Mayor has re-named it (but you can see the “new” name on the banner above), but ...

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A Conservative Scholar Opines On Direct Democracy & America’s Founding Principles

In my earlier post on Mayor Tait’s two proposed amendments that would further incorporate direct democracy and ballot-box budgeting into the City Charter, I made references to Professor Ronald Pestritto.  Professor Pestritto is the Dean of the Graduate School of Statesmanship at Hillsdale College, and he holds the Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution. he is a scholar ...

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Tait Nominates CATER Member for City Commission; Leos for Council Again?

Anaheim Insider here. Last week, Mayor Tom Tait tried and failed to convince his City Council colleagues to increase his council assistant budget from $60,000 to $100,000 a year. It was a long, contentious discussion. Tait’s council assistant, Mishal Montgomery, is the only council assistant who is vested in the CALPERS retirement system. Consequently, employing her under those circumstances is ...

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70% of “Yes on Measure L” Precinct Walkers Were UNITE-HERE Local 11 Members

As exhaustively documented here (if nowhere else), UNITE-HERE Local 11 was one of the prime movers behind the two-year long march for by-district council elections that culminated in the “Yes on Measure L.” The militantly left-wing union provided many of the bodies – both directly and via its twin organization OCCORD — that attended Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections ...

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Anaheim Mayor Looks To Expand Regulatory Reduction Effort

During his oath of office remarks on December 9, Mayor Tom Tait touched on the Anaheim Regulatory Reform Task Force he launched in his 2011 State of the City speech and expressed his desire to further expand this program – which was modeled on Ronald Reagan’s 1981 regulatory reform commission and enthusiastically supported by his colleagues on the City Council. ...

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Election Analysis: Murray, Eastman Won the Flatlands, Vanderbilt Carried the Hills

Data-cruncher par excellence Chris Nguyen posted an interesting analysis of the Anaheim election results over at his OC Political blog: Virtually every political analysis of the City of Anaheim references the split between Anaheim Hills and the Flatlands. A closer look at the 2014 election results confirms that split – but in counterintuitive fashion.  Mayor Tom Tait won 61.7% of ...

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Unofficial Final Results In Anaheim Races: Tait and Murray Re-Elected, Vanderbilt Edges Out Eastman

The OC Registrar of Voters has finished counting the votes and published the unofficial final results online. In Anaheim, this confirmed what has been apparent for several days: Mayor Tom Tait and Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray have each been re-elected to a second term, while Anaheim City School District Board of Education member James Vanderbilt has edged out Councilwoman ...

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How Measure L (By-District Council Elections) Will Be Implemented

Now that Measure L has been approved by Anaheim voters, how will it be implemented? The settlement agreement between the city and the ACLU spells out the steps that have to take place: First, the city council must adopt a resolution establishing the process for drawing “councilmanic” districts. [NOTE: council districts would have been drawn regardless of the Measure L ...

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Some Thoughts On The Council Election Results

What to make of Tuesday’s election? Mayor Tom Tait was elected to a second term, Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray was the top vote-getter for council, and Councilwoman Gail Eastman has apparently been narrowly edged out by James Vanderbilt, a member of the Anaheim City School District Board of Education whom Tait recruited at the beginning of the year to ...

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Tait Tramples Truth and Integrity

“Election season often brings out the ugliest in people. Negative attack ads and misrepresentations have become commonplace” (Orange County Register, 2014). No greater misrepresentations have been made toward opponents during this election than ones by Tom Tait, Anaheim’s mayor. Tait has indirectly accused two council members running for re-election, Gail Eastman and Kris Murray, of (a) betraying the public trust, ...

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